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idea of stepping down. >> they love me, all my people love me. they love me all. >> two other extraordinary interviews, bernie madoff, his voice from behind bars talking about the ponzi scheme, his wife and the son who committed suicide. and charlie sheen, the biggest star on network tv, a wild interview. why is he suing cbs? and made in america. a family is stunned when we go through their house searching for u.s. products. all about creating more american jobs. good evening. we begin tonight with a u.s. exclusive, moammar gadhafi. the flamboyant and brutal dictator at the center of the firestorm in libya. today our christiane amanpour became the only american reporter to sit with gadhafi. he refused to acknowledge libyan protesters.
he laughed at demands that he step down, even as anti-government forces rage across his country. so let's go right away to christiane in tripoli. good evening, christiane. you sat right across from the man. the whole world is wondering what he'll do next. what did you hear? reporter: well, diane, i see he was relaxed and focused, determined to tell his side of the story. he exhibited no sense of a siege mentality. on the other hand, he remains incapable of realizing that in this country there is an uprising against him. colonel gadhafi emerged from the first of a convoy of cars, greeting us at a beachfront restaurant as the sun set over the mediterranean. in his trademark flowing robes and gold-rimmed aviator shades, he looked every inch the flamboyant character he's known to be. how are you? >> i'm fine. >> reporter: it's good to meet you. i'm christiane amanpour, abc.
gadhafi is not hiding in some underground bunker. he walked right in through the front doors, and he wants people to know that he's still in tripoli. i sat down along with two british journalists for his first interview since the uprising began here 11 days ago. >> translator: obviously this is the first time i'm speaking to the press these days. >> reporter: though he spoke mostly in arabic, at times he became passionate and broke into excited english. >> no demonstration at all in the streets. no, no one against us, against me for what? because i am not president. they love me, all my people with me. they love me all. >> reporter: but if they do love you -- >> they will die to protect me, my people. >> reporter: if you say they do love you, then why are they capturing benghazi and they say they're against you there? why are they -- >> it is al qaeda. it is al qaeda, not my people. it is al qaeda. al qaeda, al qaeda, yes. >> reporter: he refused to accept that there are protesters in the country at all. despite the fact that the opposition is now in control of
most of the east coast of libya. colonel gadhafi, the president of the united states, the leaders of britain and other leaders, are calling on you to step down, to leave libya, to leave your position of power. will you do that? >> translator: who would leave his homeland? why do i leave my homeland? why do i leave libya? >> reporter: they say that they've done it because you have ordered force against your people, shooting of protesters. >> translator: this is lying, 100%. >> reporter: the international community is concerned about stockpiles of mustard gas or other kind of chemical weapons. would you ever use those? >> translator: haven't we solved the wmd programs?
we got rid of all that. this is a thing of the past, and we have already finished this. is it reasonable that any sensible man would use such a weapon against even his own enemy, let alone his own people? >> reporter: now, at the end we asked him about relations with the united states. he had been brought in after giving up his wmd program. he did say he felt betrayed by the united states, but he did say about president obama that he thought he was a good man and over the years he had spoken to the u.n. and elsewhere about obama's policies and appreciated him ending the war in iraq. that's what he said about the president of the united states. diane? >> so, christiane, tell me more about what you felt om him sitting in the room with him. was it denial about the protesters? is someone giving him the opposite information? >> reporter: we asked over and over again, and he again and again said that this was al qaeda.
this was just militants. when i talked to him about benghazi, the second biggest town that is in the hands of the opposition, he said, no, that's not true. it's just chaos, and, again, he said it was al qaeda. he again said that the protesters in the demonstrations, only those that were doing that were on hallucinogenic drugs. >> it was a strange and riveting interview. christiane amanpour reporting from tripoli tonight. and when the protesters in benghazi heard what gadhafi told christiane, they were stunned and outraged telling our alex marquardt in eastern libya that gadhafi is a liar and crazy. and the white house also reacted quickly and strongly. let's hear about that from jake tapper who is there tonight. jake? >> reporter: good evening, diane. well, i read some of the quotes from christiane's interview with colonel gadhafi to the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, dr. susan rice, and she said, first of all, it sounds just, frankly, delusional, and she pointed to the part of the interview where he laughed and said how he can laugh when
he's slaughtering his own people only underscores how unfit he is to lead and how disconnected he is to reality and noting the treasury's department's announcement that it had frozen $30 billion gadhafi's assets, she noted the figure, quote they have no resources to seize. they've led a clean and uncorrupt life," she said sarcastically, of course. >> $30 billion, so any action plan yet from the white house? >> reporter: yes, in fact, two naval ships are repositioning, one to the red sea, the other into the mediterranean, and there is more talk of a no-fly zone being imposed but a lot of serious questions about the nitty-gritty of that. who would be in charge of that, the u.s., the u.n., nato and would you shoot down the planes if libyan aircraft actually took off? big problems. big questions about that. >> jake tapper reporting from the white house tonight. and there is new evidence that the tension in libya and across the middle east is hitting americans hard at the pump.
gas prices soared 19 cents over one week, the past week, hitting $3.38 a gallon, the second biggest weekly jump on record. second only to the spike right after hurricane katrina. and now bernie madoff, the man who perpetrated that $20 billion ponzi scheme has spoken on tape from the federal prison in north carolina where he was sentenced to 150 years for what he did to so many lives. our chief investigative correspondent, brian ross, has been on this case from the very start and tells us the new things madoff is saying. >> reporter: madoff's phone calls from prison sound like a kind of psychotherapy session. >> i mean, you know, i destroyed our family. >> reporter: he called a reporter for "new york" magazine, steve fishman, who taped the calls and plans to release more excerpts all week. >> i think that the reason that he wanted to talk was in some ways to unburden himself in our conversation. >> reporter: the calls started
after the suicide of madoff's son mark in december on the two-year anniversary of madoff's arrest. >> i cried and cried. i have tears in my eyes when i am talking to you about certain things, and not a day goes by that i don't suffer. you know, so, you know i may sound okay on the phone. trust me, i'm not okay. i never will be. >> reporter: madoff's former secretary says madoff seems to show no remorse. >> i didn't hear that, you know, mark is gone because of me, and i ruined people's lives. >> reporter: in fact, madoff actually blames his victims for expecting big returns to always be there. >> i made a lot of money for them. >> reporter: which he says made it impossible to stop the ponzi scheme. >> i tried to return funds to my friends. i tried to return moneys to the smaller clients and so on. they wouldn't take it back. the abuse i got from people, it was a nightmare. >> reporter: madoff seems to have forgotten the thousands of nonmillionaires who lost their life savings, forced to sell their homes because of his fraud.
>> bernie is in denial at some level. bernie doesn't understand that he's ruined people's lives. >> reporter: madoff also told the magazine that other than his fellow inmates and prison psychologists, only his wife ruth understands him. >> she feels sorry for me to a certain extent, you know, because she realizes, you know, i'm not a horrible person. >> reporter: bernie made his calls collect because he only gets $100 a month as a store clerk in the prison commissary. >> but he says he's not a horrible person. >> that's his story. >> thank you, brian. now, weather, february ending with a battery of storms across most of the country. we're talking about thunderstorms, tornadoes causing problems from the deep south through the northeast, and matt gutman is tracking the turbulence. >> reporter: a battering ram of storms pounded more than half the country unleashing flash floods and tornados. a tornado killed a man in tennessee tossing his trailer on top of him. this twister touched down in oklahoma.
golf ball-sized hail came with it. other tornadoes slammed kentucky where just north of louisville, a twister flattened these three homes and flung this truck atop the debris. >> i just thank the good lord i'm here because where i was sleeping, everything was -- fell all around me where i was laying. >> reporter: in ohio the gates-mill dam broke triggering a flash flood that swamped the town. rescuers barely got to this man before the water swallowed his car. flooding reported near pittsburgh, and dangerous wind and rain lashed indiana where thousands were left without power. only minor injuries have been reported, but most dangerously, these tornadoes are rain shrouded, invisible to the naked eye. >> when you get tornadoes shrouded in rain, it's difficult to see the funnel cloud or the tornado from a long distance away, so as a result, it's obstructed, and people can't prepare as much. >> reporter: and meteorologists predict the worst is yet to come in georgia and the carolinas where more tornadoes could touch
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i buy american products every single day. >> one thing i do look for is the tag that says made in the usa. >> i buy american products. >> 75% of the products i buy are american. >> i always look for labels that are made in america. it keeps jobs in america. so join in tonight, and look around you at your home. what do you own that is actually made in the u.s.? preserving american jobs. well, this week we're going to launch our first report, "made in america." and tonight one family faces the truth about foreign goods and what it means to say, let's get to work together. david muir and that family, like so many of us. >> reporter: we searched all over the country for one very brave and willing american family. meet the useries. mom, dad, son, daughter and the dog amber. they were like so many other families who told our producers
their house must be filled with plenty thata's made in america. >> i'd like to think we buy more american than the typical family. >> reporter: and they agreed to let "world news" come and check. we flew to dallas. we were on our way to the useries. so we've arrived at snow white drive, which is where they live. a street with parents walking their children to school, american flags in the front yards, and the useries were about to be invaded. >> hello. >> hey, it's "world news." how are you? our "made in america" challenge about to begin. so have you guys ever really thought about what's made in america and what's not in your house? >> not until now. >> reporter: john is an advertising executive, anna, a stay-at-home mom and these proud american parents told me, of course we buy american. what would happen when we start to pick things up? >> made in china. >> reporter: the cross? >> made in honduras. >> reporter: you're covering the world here. made in thailand. >> yeah. >> reporter: have you are ever flipped it over before?
>> never, never. >> reporter: never even crossed your mind. so i see the kids' stash here. and what could be more american than all that money made on the monopoly board? >> the dice and tokens made in china. >> reporter: not american and the coffee table. >> the table is made in india assembled by me actually. >> right here in the den. >> reporter: so made in india, assembled here in the house. >> that's correct. >> reporter: doesn't count. >> no. >> reporter: and that was just the living room. usually looking at what's on the plate and not underneath it. so here's the test. >> the sable is made this thailand. >> reporter: and the chairs? >> mexico. >> reporter: and we had a fork from -- >> same pattern. >> reporter: this one is from korea. >> china. >> reporter: and the plate was from japan. >> yes. >> reporter: is there anything made in america on this table? >> does not appear to be. >> reporter: hey, landon. even the children's rooms. what about your texas hat here? >> let's see. bangladesh. >> reporter: so this is your room, huh, and little ellis and her prized american girl dolls. right there, what does it say
made in -- >> china. >> reporter: ellis is checking her living room. what about barbies. where is your couch made from? >> right here, see. >> reporter: china. you might laugh, but in the 1960s, 9 out of every 10 products americans bought were made in america. today more than half of what we buy is foreign made. so we wondered, could the useries manage without any foreign made products at all? so we're going you if you would leave your own house in our hands, and they did. >> bye, david. >> reporter: you're really going to leave me with your house. >> it's all yours. >> reporter: take one last look. just me and the dog left. but as the useries drove away, they had no idea what they already learned was just the tip of the iceberg because back inside we kept going. it was every room of the house. the bedroom, their bedspread, pakistan, nightstand, indonesia, the lamp, china. we actually have movers waiting across the street here to take out everything that isn't made in america, and this is where
it's all going. anything foreign made from inside that house, right in here. the stove, ripped out. the refrigerator, gone. the piano. that is a heavy piano. whew! all right. the living room down, the kitchen down. the bedrooms. and every inch of that trailer filled. and with the sun setting, the useries were about to return to this and this and this. their living room with one lone vase. welcome home. >> hi. >> and an even bigger challenge tomorrow night. trying to find american goods to replace every one of those items we took out. the big question, would we succeed, and, diane, you and i were talking about this number earlier. economists say if we spend 1% more than what we're spending right now on american goods, we could create 200,000 jobs immediately, which is why we're doing all this. >> that's 18 cents a day. >> 18 cents. >> to create so many american jobs. all right, can't wait to see their faces tomorrow night. thank you, david.
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together. it comes from my grand wizard master. i don't know, man. i just -- stuff just comes out and it's entertaining and it's fun. >> reporter: sheen's words and his sometimes inexplicable speech have some wondering about his health. many of his complaints from sleeplessness to a highly evolved brain that can't be unplugged are textbook symptoms of bipolar disorder. addiction expert dr. drew pinsky told tmz, it's no joke. he's getting manic. these are bipolar manic symptoms. doctors say it's impossible to diagnose sheen without examining him, but signs of mania should be taken seriously. >> in the terms of the self-attitude, patients can be very grondiose, either in the form of just being supremely self-confident. patients with moderate or even milder forms of hypomania tell me they feel invincible. >> reporter: listen to sheen describe his previous drug use. how do you survive that? >> because i'm me. because i'm me. i'm different. i just have a different constitution, i have a different brain. i have a different heart.
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>> good evening, every one. a bomb shell announcement in the case of a couple accused of kidnapping jaycee dugard. >> that bomb shell after routine court hearing today. nancy garrido's attorney says in the last month or so the couple confessed. and that during one of nancy garrido's sessions, jaycee dugard was there, across the table and listening. >> everything they wanted to know. they didn't product bodies. there are no other victims. >> nancy garrido's attorney says his client and her husband are admitting they snatched dugard off the street in south lake tahoe at 11 years old admitting they held her and her two children, father bid garrido in their